Uthsc San Antonio Radiology Residency Personal Statement

The UTHSCSA Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Program Overview




The UTHSCSA Residency Program in Diagnostic Radiology is an integrated program utilizing the facilities and unique training opportunities available in the South Texas Medical Center, including University Hospital, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, Robert B. Green Clinic, UT Hill Country and Medical Arts Research Center (MARC).These practice sites provide a robust clinical experience with annual volume approaching 450,000 studies and exposure to high-level tertiary care such as level 1 trauma facilities, multiple organ transplantation programs, and 24/7 sub-specialty coverage.  This broad, but high-level exposure facilitates education in all aspects of Diagnostic Radiology. The residency is a clinically oriented academic program which strives to provide the best training for physicians entering the practice of general Diagnostic Radiology or as a preparation for further training in subspecialty Diagnostic Radiology, Academic Radiology, or Radiology Research.


The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program accepts 8 to 9 residents per year, chosen for their academic abilities and personality traits. Please see the letter from Dr. Kist for further information about our application procedures.


For those interested in a research career please visit our Radiology Residency/Ph.D. Program.



The Health Science Center and affiliated hospitals were built in 1969 on 680 acres of ranch land on the north side of San Antonio, at the edge of the Texas Hill Country. The location is excellent, as all the surrounding development is relatively new and upscale, allowing residents to live in a desirable neighborhood close to the Medical Center.  The cost of living is very reasonable and many residents are able to purchase a home in the area. Schools, shopping, recreation, and dining are all first rate in the area as well.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the dominant medical education institution in South Texas. With Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Allied Health, the Health Science Center employs 1400 health professionals.

The Department of Radiology has approximately 55 faculty members, with 39 residents and 12 fellows. Administrative offices, research laboratories, photographic and other support services are located in the Medical School, along with educational facilities for students and residents. The Radiology Department has a dedicated state-of-the-art digital conference room with live internet videoconference capabilities and wifi. The departmental library is constantly updated as new books and journals become available. The department also has several ACR and internal teaching files available on the departmental intranet.


Educational Facilities

Attached to the Medical School is University Hospital (UH), with 700 beds and a busy Level 1 trauma center. Owned by Bexar County, UH is the 3rd largest public hospital system in the state of Texas. A recent additional to the hospital, the Sky Tower, added nearly 300 new inpatient and ICU beds as well as new operating suites. A dedicated Pediatric ER was opened in August 2016.  Plans for a new Women and Children’s center in the coming 5 years have been announced recently.



The Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC)
The MARC is a state-of-the art ambulatory clinic and the medical home for the 600-person multi-specialty group practice of UT Health. The facilities house clinics for multiple primary care and sub-specialty clinics as well as ambulatory surgery, radiology, and pathology services. A recently expanded radiology reading room has space for multi-specialty radiology coverage.  A new nuclear medicine suite with Time of Flight PET scanner was recently added to MARC Radiology.  An additional smaller ambulatory clinic (MARC Hill Country) opened in early 2017 approximately 20 min north of the medical center and provides many of the same services for the citizens of Boerne, Texas.





















Across the street from University Hospital, the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) is a multidisciplinary, outpatient clinic and research center under the umbrella of UT Health San Antonio. The CTRC is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)- designated Clinical Cancer Center. The CTRC's Institute for Drug Development (IDD) provides Phase I clinical trials to patients throughout the world. The IDD is one of a few cancer centers in the U.S. selected by the NCI to receive funding to conduct Phase I clinical trials of anticancer drugs. The IDD works to accelerate the development of anticancer agents through the integration of basic, translational and clinical research. Recently the CTRC announced a new partnership with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center to bring the latest expertise and protocols to the people of South Texas. The CTRC is main teaching site for the mammography service and also is the location of many interdisciplinary tumor boards.



In addition to Radiology research facilities located n the Medical School, the Research Imaging Center is located approximately three blocks away. Opened in 1992, the RIC occupies 33,000 square feet on 2 floors of the McDermott Clinical Science Building. Current equipment includes a fully equipped PET Laboratory, cyclotron, a fully robotic radiochemistry laboratory, research magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy units, event potential laboratories, and digital imaging laboratories. Patient care and resident activities are limited to research protocols.



The Robert B. Green Family Health Center. This historic structure, which opened in 1918 as the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital has adult and pediatric same-day appointed clinics and a wide variety of specialty clinics, some of which have Saturday operation hours. The center also provides full scale prenatal services for normal and complicated pregnancies. With more than 300,000 outpatient visits each year, the University Health Center-downtown, is among the busiest facilities of its kind. The center serves as the hub for the Health System's neighborhood primary care clinics and for the majority of patients, it is their entry point into the University Health System.



Pamela Otto, MD, FACR
Radiology Department Chair

Dear Guests,

Welcome to our website. The Department of Radiology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is a dynamic academic enterprise with diverse clinical, educational, and research initiatives. Our major strengths include:

  • Diagnostic radiology residency and fellowship training programs 
  • One of the largest Radiological Sciences Graduate Degree Program in the US
  • The only defined Radiology Resident-Ph.D. Program in the United States
  • Implementation of an inaugural Professional Doctorate of Medical Physics program- the first in South Texas
  • Innovative research laboratories that produced the Vascular Stent & Endothelial Cell Research of Dr. Julio C. Palmaz, the inventor of the Palmaz™ intravascular stent ; Biomolecular Nanoparticle Imaging and Therapeutic Systems and the Oncological Imaging and Interventions Research
  • Clinical trial projects that study investigational drugs or devices which are an important part of the process to assure the safety and efficacy of a drug or device

Our primary clinical partner is the University Health System. Together we provide care for the citizens of South Texas. We are part of UTHealth San Antonio and our imaging centers are located at The Medical Arts Research Center known as the "MARC", UT Health Hill Country and at the UT Health Cancer Center.


The partnership between our medical school and our collaborating facilities creates a stimulating environment that fosters professional growth and development for “Team Radiology” members and for each of our clinical, educational and research programs.


I invite you to continue browsing through our website to learn more about our missions and academic practice. It is my hope that at the end of your visit, you will come to realize that the Department of Radiology at UTHSCSA does in fact- Practice What We Teach”.


To develop, promote and integrate advances in imaging technology and imaging-based therapeutic procedures into the clinical, education and research missions of UTHSCSA. The fundamental principles of each of the missions are as follows:



  • Practice at the leading edge of radiology
  • Deliver all services in a professional, timely, and efficient manner
  • Establish ourselves as valuable colleagues and consultants to referring physicians
  • Ensure safe and appropriate utilization of diagnostic and interventional radiological services


  • Provide an excellent, well-rounded educational experience in imaging, image guided therapy, radiological science, and radiological research for medical students, residents, fellows, and graduate students
  • Educate our colleagues about the availability, proper use, and associated risks of diagnostic and interventional radiological services
  • Contribute to the education of the medical community and public through presentation and publication of original research and educational materials


  • Perform well-designed, high quality research in imaging, image guided therapy, and radiological science that will broaden the understanding of disease processes, expand our diagnostic and interventional armamentarium, and have significant impact on patient care
  • Present and publish scientific research that will receive national recognition and make a lasting contribution to the medical literature
  • Educate and train residents and graduate students in the scientific methods of medical imaging research to promote future progress and improved patient care

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